Road and Track M235i Test Drive
The M235i is BMW's latest coupe and although we all know it's not an M car, it is the first M Performance vehicle to be offered in the US. The M235i definitely offers enough punch from its 3 liter inline 6, putting out 322 horsepower and 332 torques. The power is sent to the rear wheels and rockets the M235i to 60 in 4.5 seconds. Combine that with near 50-50 weight distribution and you end up with a pretty impressive package. Road and Track recently took BMW's all-new M235i for a test drive, here's what they thought.
As far as looks, on the exterior, the M235i is a much better looking car than the 1 series. The exception to this being those gray painted mirror caps, which do look cheap. Heading inside, the M235i offers an excellent driving position with comfortable seats. The use of quality materials along with great ergonomics, make the interior of the M235i a functional and nice place to be. There are always downers though. The lack of gauges for coolant and oil temperature, as well as digital engine sound being piped through the stereo speakers, were definitely negatives.
On the road, 'the M235i is a grown-up, comfortable, refined, pleasant long-distance cruiser.' It's quite quick too, posting runs to 60 in 4.5 seconds. On the other side of that, R&T felt the brakes worked quite well, stopping the M235i like an M car. The suspension handled bumps and varying road conditions well and they thought the steering, while being quick and precise, had a complete lack of feel. This quote sums up the steering, 'You could run over a 135i and not feel it through the wheel.' Another complaint was that the test cars lacked the mechanical limited slip differential option. BMW should have checked that box for the test cars, since I'm sure most will be ordering their M235i with this option.
All in all not too much of a conclusion. R&T felt the M235i felt too refined and too grown up. Read Road and Track's full review of BMW's M235i here.
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